Gear Up – Redux!

scidirect tocI could have titled this post ‘Keeping Up To Date With Table of Contents Alerts’.  We had a great turnout for our Gear Up event held in Baker Hall this week. Did you miss it? The table I staffed was busy with questions about using varied publisher services for Table of Contents (TOC) Alerts &  Search Alerts.

If you want to be notified when a new volume of a journal becomes available, set up a Journal Alert. One way to do this for a journal in ScienceDirect is from an article page in a specific journal. Locate “Alert me about new articles in this journal/book series under More options”. This step is pictured in the image featured in this post. You’ll need to set up a ScienceDirect login to complete this step.

Science Direct has added a new Articles-in-Press (AiP) section to their journal alerts. The AiPs are articles which are accepted for publication, but not yet officially published.

Now what if you want to setup a topic alert? I’ll use the term “Digital Humanities” as an example here. As this topic is cross disciplinary and not necessarily standardized as a subject term, I’ll do my search as a simple search in “All Fields”. When logged into your ScienceDirect account, you’ll see the option to “Save as search alert”. Just select this option and enter a name for your topic alert. You can change the frequency for the alerts to run, or delete them as well.


Read further for previous posts on this topic.

A View from Pemberley

This week marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, perhaps the most beloved novel in the English language. We have two copies of the first edition “By the Author of Sense and Sensibility.” One of the fun things to do in Special Collections is surround a favorite novel with contemporary books that give you insights into the world of its original readers. One such book is Humphry Repton’s Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening (London: T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1805).


Repton’s treatise on English landscapes would have fit right in at Mr. Darcy’s Pemberley House library. The lavishly produced book uses flaps to show before and after views of improved landscapes. The pictures give you a sense of what Elizabeth Bennett and her aunt and uncle may have seen as they “found themselves at the top of a considerable eminence, where the wood ceased, and the eye was instantly caught by Pemberley House.”

Come in and behold the grounds that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy may have strolled in their happy dotage by asking for Rare SB471.R427 1805. And don’t forget the first edition of Pride and Prejudice: Rare PR4034.P7 1813.

History of the (Big) Book

In my role as a Book Arts Instructor, opportunities arise to work with students on book projects for their academic work. This past fall semester students in Professor Alexandra Halasz’s History of the Book class participated in a hands-on letterpress and binding exercise in class, and then had the option of producing a hands-on book project in lieu of a final term paper. Of the 17 students enrolled, 10 students chose this option, with three pairs of students choosing collaborative work.

The bookwork produced included a range of structures and content, including a flip book that plays with a homograph, a set of variations of a binding structure, a three-dimensional piano with a Möbius strip musical box exploring a canon cancrizans, an illustrated, digitally produced drum-leaf binding with a new tale about a Dr. Seuss character, letterpress-printed scrolls interpreting the mezuzah, a pocket-sized letterpress-printed book with a poem, and an enormous codex with hand-written text.

Students employed a variety of facilities and workshops on campus: the 3-D printer at the engineering school, the woodshop and jewelry studios in the Hopkins Center, as well as the Jones Media Center, the Book Arts Workshops, and the Preservation Services conservation lab here in the Library. Each of these projects had their complexities, and students called on the expertise of instructors and technicians as needed. These photographs illustrate some of the steps Cally took to make her big codex book. She, along with other students, worked in our lab in Preservation Services, where her proximity to all of us allowed for instruction and advice as needed.

Callista Womick ’13 sews the light green endsheet onto her textblock of newsprint folios 

Gluing up the spine

Rounding the spine

Preparing to cover the plywood boards with white bonded leather, assisted by Book Arts Instructor Elizabeth Rideout 

Done! Home to dry the book under weight

Finished book displayed open

It is always a pleasure to see the end product of student work, but particularly rewarding to see the process in action and to help students make their ideas tangible. Here’s hoping these students, and others from this class, return to the workshops as their time and interests allow.
Written by Stephanie Wolff.

JISC’s ‘Top Seven Predictions for the Future of Research’

ImageInteresting short article this morning from JISC (historically, this stood for the Joint Information Systems Committee, – think of it as the British equivalent of maybe the National Research Council?  or Educause? – ” the UK’s expert on digital technology for education and research.”)

Their top seven predictions:

  1. Researchers will go mobile
  2. Lines between professionals, amateurs and the public will blur
  3. Researchers fully embrace social media
  4. Data will drive research across many disciplines
  5. Automate it
  6. Visualize it  (technically these last two are imperatives or exhortations, rather than predictions, but that’s just me being picky)
  7. Researchers as data managers

Read more!  it’s an interesting commentary and good short summary of trends.   How does it match up with your thoughts about how research is changing?

A Real John Hancock

Sometimes a person is so inextricably linked to a specific event or time that it can be a little jarring when you find evidence of them in a completely different context. John Hancock is one of those people. The famous, though apocryphal, anecdote about his signature and King George’s spectacles is so well known that seeing the same signature on a document that is not the Declaration of Independence can produce a brief moment of “wait, that doesn’t belong here.”

The other document in question is an affidavit by John Wheelock from March 4, 1790 attesting that, for a consideration of £658, he is discharging all claims on the funds collected by Nathaniel Whitaker and Samson Occom that had been deposited with the Society in Scotland for use of the Moor’s Indian Charity School through June 15, 1789. Wheelock was then president of the School, having succeeded his father Eleazar, and the funds in question had been raised to cover any expenses incurred by the School. The document is certified by Hancock as Governor of Massachusetts.

Ask for Mss 790204.1.

On Making Math Pop


You may have seen the Dartmouth Now coverage of the article Making Math Pop in a recent issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education by mathematician and department chair, Dan Rockmore. Dan’s review of expository mathematical writings, old and new, is captivating from the first line, “You never forget your first love. I’m staring at her right now: a well-thumbed copy of E.T. Bell’s Men of Mathematics.”

Dan’s Chronicle article highlights colorful stories and histories behind the mathematics many of us have come to enjoy, and the mathematics we use everyday, perhaps without even knowing it. We have many classic and new books in our collection about math and mathematicians from histories to recreations.

The following is a sampling of books mentioned in in Making Math Pop, or links to other titles and authors from our collection that have proved inspiring to many readers young and old.

These titles are both popular and non-popular mathematical works including the highlight of Dan’s article,  The joy of X : a guided tour of math, from one to infinity and Steven Strogatz on the Elements of Math New York Times math column.

Mathematics for the Million by Lancelot Thomas Hogben

Martin Gardner

Ian Stewart

And for a recent and colorful narrative on the personalities behind some mathematicians or enduring theorems, you may enjoy A Strange Wilderness: The Lives of the Great Mathematicians

Tell Us Your Story

Have you ever considered what it was like to be a black man attending Dartmouth in the 1950s? Or to be a Native American leaving home for the first time to attend Dartmouth in the 1970s? Or to be an international female faculty member whose first language is not English in the 1990s? Or to be a returning veteran working or teaching at Dartmouth in the 1960s? Or to be on a journey of discovery of your sexual identity while enrolled or teaching at Dartmouth in the 1980s?

Rauner Library is looking for narratives such as these. During this month in which we honor the life and work of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Rauner Library is launching a new oral history project. It’s called “Dartmouth’s Community and Dartmouth’s World” and its goal is to document how the Dartmouth community has been transformed over the past sixty-eight years since the end of World War Two. The lens through which we will be examining this transformation is the concept of the insider and outsider and how those roles have been altered over the years by the increasing diversity of the student body, faculty and staff, as well as the alumni body.

Here are a few paragraphs from the stories we’ve collected thus far:

“At Dartmouth I always associated as the outsider of the group that I was aligned with. I think it was a way of me getting attention or being noticed. I was the most conservative member of the gay students that I would hang around. I don’t know if I actually ever joined the Gay Students Association officially. When I was here at Dartmouth, there was an incident I recall where the Dartmouth Review published the names of the members of the Gay Students Association. And so that terrified me, and I did not want my name on a list. So that kept me from joining. But I did find people that would accept me, but then I always chose to sort of be the odd one out. I can think of a number of instances like that.” (Class of 1986)

“You know, there were times when I wanted to reach out to people outside of my social group, and I felt like they were going to – They weren’t going to give me the time of day because they thought I was, you know, a rich white kid in a fraternity who played lacrosse. [Laughter] And, you know, he’s a jerk, so I don’t really want to talk to him.” (Class of 2012)

“And I can tell you that coming from a segregated school system in the Washington, DC, area, where we weren’t even allowed to go into the theaters until late in the game and then had to sit in the balcony, I didn’t know what to expect [when I arrived at Dartmouth]. This was my first venture into a, quote, “white,” unquote, world. And so I went with all the prejudices that one would think about. I realized somewhere in the second half of my freshman year that I was my own worst enemy from that standpoint, because I went expecting people to be prejudiced against me, and so I looked for that. And if you look for prejudice and discrimination, you’ll very easily find it. And then I woke up one morning and realized, You’re your own worst enemy, so why not accept people for who they are and how they treat you, as opposed to what you expect or anticipate? From that point on, I was able to adapt to the environment much better and be much more responsive to what the school had to offer.” (Class of 1959)

“I think when you’re unaffiliated, you either find some sort of extracurricular thing that provides a community. Or your community is just your friends. And I feel like that’s – I don’t feel I have a community. I just feel like… I guess in a way… I think if I had to pick something as my community, I would say it’s the Womenʼs and Gender Studies department.” (Class of 2012)

Come tell us your story.

Dartmouth Class of 1947

Visit the site to read completed transcripts or to contact Mary Donin who is managing the project.

An Inaugural Parade

The Inauguration celebration will take place this Monday, marking the beginning of Barack Obama’s second term. His victory over Mitt Romney proved the importance of winning female voters (Romney had the majority of male votes, but Obama garnered 54% of the female vote, leading to his victory).

With this in mind, we can appreciate the importance of another Inauguration Day—Woodrow Wilson’s on March 4th, 1913. On this day, women from across the country marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to the steps of the Treasury Building where they performed an allegorical pageant in support of women’s suffrage.

The pageant was designed and directed by Hazel MacKaye, and “illustrated those ideals towards which both men and women had been struggling through the ages and toward which, in the suffrage creed, they would with cooperation and equality, continue to strive.” MacKaye demonstrated these ideals by showing Columbia using a horn to summon the personifications of Justice, Charity, Liberty, Peace and Hope to aid her in the “New Crusade” of women. These characters appeared in robes of rose, violet, and white, and the pageant incorporated dance and the star spangled banner. It culminated in a colorful tableau–a striking contrast to the black-coated gentlemen occupying the White House next door.

Celebrate this year’s Inauguration and relive the suffragist fight by asking for Boxes 209 and 217 of The MacKaye Family Papers (ML-5).

Posted for Lucy Morris ’14

Authorea – Write Scientific Articles Collaboratively. On the Web.

ImageI just heard about the coolest thing, – a collaborative writing tool for scientific articles called Authorea.  I was a little sceptical at first but now I’m seriously interested – see below for webcast screening time/date info, if you get interested too.

From their About page:

“Built by scientists. For scientists.

“Authorea is an online platform for the collaborative authorship of research papers. Authorea lets you publish, share, organize, version control, and source control all the components of your research. In the backend, Authorea uses git, a robust source and versioning control backend. On the frontend, Authorea adopts the web as its canvas, so that you can write your papers in LaTeX, Markdown, or any other web format, and render them in beautiful HTML5, right inside your browser.

“Authorea is a spin-off initiative of Harvard University and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.”

Here’s an article-in-process:The Bones of the Milky Way, with a variety of authors coordinated by Alyssa Goodman, Harvard Professor of Astronomy.     It’s not like a wiki, where anyone can contribute and edit, – it’s open science, with all the appropriate controls and key requirements to scientific authoring and publication.


Presentation by Authorea co-founder Alberto Pepe

The webcast above is by Harvard postdoctoral fellow Alberto Pepe*, co-founder of Authorea, speaking at a Berkman Center luncheon series in October 2012 about the newly launched tool and the problems in scientific collaboration and authoring that it addresses.

I’m going to air this webcast (it’s about an hour in length) in the Kresge Conference Room next Monday, Jan. 21st at 12:30.    Bring a sandwich and join me!

* Alberto Pepe is a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University and co-founder of Authorea, a science startup. At Harvard, he is the in-house information scientist at the Center for Astrophysics, a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Pepe is interested in the study of socio–technical systems: networks of people, artifacts, data and ideas. He recently obtained a Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles with a dissertation on scientific collaboration networks. Prior to starting his Ph.D., Pepe worked in the Information Technology Department of CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland and in the Scientific Visualization Department of CINECA, the Italian Scientific Consortium, based at the University of Bologna. Pepe holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.Sc. in Astrophysics, both from University College London, U.K. He was born and raised in the wine-making town of Manduria, in Puglia, Southern Italy.

Tips on Navigating the AGU/Wiley Platform

As you may know, the American Geophysical Union (AGU) has partnered with Wiley to publish/host its journals, and the transition to the Wiley Online Library platform happened at the start of this new year. You may recall reading about it in Jane’s post: AGU Enters Publishing Partnership  with Wiley. In addition, the Library recently acquired the AGU Digital Library Journal Archive, which contains the years 1896–1995 (previously, we were only leasing the content). Here are some tips to help you navigate the new interface:

  • “The Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR) includes articles published between 1949 and 1977, with access to Terrestrial Magnetism (1896-1898) and Terrestrial Magnetism and Atmospheric Electricity (1899-1948). In 1978, JGR split into disciplinary sections.” So you’ll need to know which section the article is published in after 1977.
  • If you’re at the top level page of the journal, you can use the search box on the right to search within that journal (see red box in screenshot below).
  • On the top right corner, you can access an RSS feed for that journal as well. (example)
  • You can search across all AGU journals through the Earth and Space Index (EASI) Search.
  • You can also look for articles by their index terms.

For more help, ask your librarian!